Out with the old and in with the new?
Not so fast.
As we race into the future without even glimpsing back, I have to wonder if that isn’t a mistake.
I certainly can’t argue with the benefits that modern technology has provided – constantly evolving medical capabilities, media marketing for artists like myself, less paper use, greater knowledge accessibility, just to name a few. Advancement certainly has an upside.
Is there a downside though? How often have you walked down an empty street and wondered where all of the kids are? We used to play and bike until the street lights came on, now it seems kids are home playing video games, surfing the net, feverishly texting or watching TV shows with no commercials. Are we losing our human connection?
I am by no means lumping every teen (or adult for that matter) into this observation but it is a growing concern for many people I talk to. I know teens who can barely hold a conversation with an adult because they’ve never had to learn how. What happens when they go for their first job interview? Or their second or their third?
And what about cyber bullying? It’s so easy to throw stones when you don’t have to look someone in the eye and see the hurt it causes. I’ve seen it many times even in the photography world. There is a huge difference between constructive criticism and being just plain old mean.
You may be wondering why I have included this photograph into my environmental series “Footprints” but it’s main message is meant to be about connection. If we lose our emotional ability to connect with the world, then who will be left to care about it’s welfare?
I guess the bottom line is we should all get a little more unplugged and tune in a little more to our surroundings and loved ones. In this household it’s our New Years resolution to do just that.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2016 full of creativity, love and adventure!
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